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#18 Simon Anderson

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

The year is 2110. One might hazard to assume few ancients remain in periodical “greatest” polls. Whether Top 20, 30, or 50, the short wick of pop culture has plenty. Laird Hamilton and Buzzy Trent continue to hit revisionist levels, seen as Man-vs-Sea pioneers of mega-wave surfing. Romantic notions of the pre-iceberg-melt age have surged

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#19 George Greenough

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

Nat Young described George Greenough in the late ’60s as the greatest surfer in the world. Leroy Grannis memorably dismissed him with, “What can you learn from a mat-rider?” George’s surfing directly inspired Bob McTavish to make equipment that would allow a stand-up surfer to ride close to the curl (and the power of the

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#20 Tom Blake

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

For some it’s the Holy Bible, or the Koran; for me it’s Hawaiian Surfriders 1935 by Tom Blake. In this single, slim volume—the very first book devoted exclusively to surf-riding—Blake addresses virtually every aspect of our modern surfing culture. What makes this so remarkable is that, at the time, no surf culture existed beyond that

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#21 Rob Machado

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

When I first met Rob, he was the “Pencil-Neck-Small-Wave Phenomenon.” The guy was just so skinny and incredible. I was in Cabo for the contest that Herbie Fletcher used to host down there. I showed up at the event and checked the board and this was my heat: Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Kaipo

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#22 Lisa Andersen

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

Lisa is the Golden Girl of women’s surfing. One of the first girls to grace the cover of a men’s surfing magazine¬—something I was always jealous of and never achieved. Lisa broke down many gender barriers that women faced in and out of the water. Stylish, sexy, graceful and incredibly photogenic, she had it all.

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#23 Bruce Irons

50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

A couple of years ago, I paddled out to Teahupoo at first light. The waves had come up overnight and it was at that size that people—including most pros—really don’t want to paddle into. Before long, the lineup was dotted with a handful of elite Chopes chargers: Andy, Manoa, the Hobgoods, Cory Lopez. But the

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#24 Shane Dorian

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

Shane Dorian is the undisputed, heavy-wave champion of the world. He’s never won the Eddie, doesn’t chase massive swells with the regularity of some nuts, and has never surfed Mavericks. But it doesn’t matter. Ask anyone in the know, and they’ll tell you the same: Dorian is golden when it’s Condition Black. Maybe it’s because

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#25 Dane Reynolds

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

Dane’s surfing is epic—it’s just so raw and original. He puts his board in places where you can see his body reacting to the wave. He responds to it; he’s not trying to force anything, he just makes things happen. The best surfers ever are guys who do that, they ride the wave the way

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#26 Joel Parkinson

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

Is there a person reading this magazine that doesn’t love watching Parko surf? I doubt it. But if there is, I’d like to meet them just so I could slap them about the head and tell them they’re tripping. I think that my mate Joel Leslie Parkinson is one the most naturally talented surfers of

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#27 Dane Kealoha

I’d be pretty pissed if Dane wasn’t on this list. To me he was a way better surfer than Mark Richards or Shaun Tomson or Rabbit Bartholomew. Not to take anything away from those guys—they’re all great surfers. But Dane was the epitome of power, style, and grace. There wasn’t anybody more powerful. Dane surfed

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